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Classic, but controversial book gets support from local school committee

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MONONA (WKOW) -- Members of a local school district have decided that a classic, but controversial book should continue to be part of the student curriculum.
    The book, "To Kill A Mockingbird", involves the trial of a black man accused of raping and beating a white woman.
    A family in the Monona Grove school district asked the school board to stop requiring  students to read it.
    But, a committee voted Tuesday night, 4-1, to recommend keeping it in the lesson plan.
     "I think it's important that the children have an opportunity to have a conversation about the history of the country and how they can change, perhaps, the future," said parent and book committee member Romar Nelson.
     Nelson says schools should not shy away from material just because it's difficult.
    But, he says it's also important that teachers instruct in context to help students understand the themes and the time in which it happened.

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